We are founded on the fundamental principle that the written word is one of the most distinguishing characteristics of all human endeavors. Our aim is to expand and develop creative writing and professional opportunities for writers and to connect the state's writers with others in the literary community and the public at large.
BREAKING NEWS 5/5/2021
- West Virginia Writers is pleased to announce the return of its Summer Conference. The 2021 Conference will be held June 11-13, 2021 at Cedar Lakes Conference Center in Ripley, WV.
WV Writers does not manage room reservations at Cedar Lakes. You may use the Cedar Lakes Room Reservation Form for that (postmarked April 8 or later). While walk-ins are accepted, attendees are strongly advised to reserve Cedar Lakes rooms and meals sooner rather than later.
The mailing address to send the form to Cedar Lakes is: 82 FFA Dr., Ripley, WV 25271.
For those who have attended our conferences before, the Assembly Hall and Classroom Buildings have been demolished as part of a large renovation project undertaken by Cedar Lakes. So, our layout will differ from that of previous years. Specifically, we will be using parts of the Dining Hall for some of our classroom space, and Jackson Hall will serve many of the functions the Assembly Hall once did.
Please note that in the interest of continued health and safety, Covid restrictions might be in place at Cedar Lakes during the conference. These may include face coverings, social distancing, using hand sanitizer, and session sign in sheets for contact tracing purposes - and perhaps others. We respectfully ask that you abide by the guidance provided by Cedar Lakes, the Jackson County Health Department, the State of West Virginia, and the Centers for Disease Control.
Also be aware that this conference is very much a moving target, and likely will remain such, as long as Covid remains a factor in our lives. With this said, we are working as hard as we can to make it as close to a normal Summer Conference as possible, and will provide you appropriate health and logistic updates as we have them. Thank you very much for your ongoing patience as we work through this together.
Lastly - we look forward to finally seeing you at Cedar Lakes. It's been far too long.
For 2021, West Virginia Writers is offering a $400 scholarship to an underrepresented West Virginia genre fiction writer. The scholarship will cover registration fees, meals, and room charges at the 2021 Summer Conference to be held June 11-13 at Cedar Lakes, Ripley, WV.
Applicants must submit a sample of their genre fiction by May 24 via this form. The scholarship winner will be chosen randomly, announced, and notified May 28.
Underrepresented groups may include authors of color, disabled, or members of the LGTBQIA+ community.
To apply, please fill out the form found at THIS LINK.
- Our organizational collection of essays on writing, Writerly Advice, Tips & Techniques from West Virginia Writers, has now been published by Headline Books. It is for sale on this very website via the FOLLOWING LINK. Writerly Advice offers tips, tricks, and inspiration for writers of all skill levels and genres. Whether you want to travel to the past with historical fiction, create compelling couples for romance, or saddle up for a western, experienced authors cover the unique aspects of each genre and the techniques common to all great writing. Take your verse to another level with advice from a panel of accomplished poets, each of whom draws from a unique personal background and style. These essays will help you find the courage to get started, inspire you to try writing a memoir or short play, and encourage you to make time for your creativity. It’s like having a writer’s conference at your fingertips!